Farthing Wood Class update

We have had a very festive week in Farthing Wood class. As Christmas approaches we have been busy practising our singing for the Carol Concert and rehearsing for the Nativity. The children have been busy creating their own decorations to hang on the Christmas tree we made last week – they look fantastic and it’s wonderful to watch the children hang their creations on the tree.
In phonics we have introduced ‘Tricky Witch’ and her short ‘oo’ digraph as in book, look, wool and foot. The children really enjoyed hunting for the flashcards around the room and writing them down on whiteboards. We have been recapping our High Frequency Words from this term – the children have amazed me with their knowledge and sight reading.
In English we have been reading the story of ‘The Little Red Elf’ which is based on the traditional tale of ‘The Little Red Hen’. Poor Little Red Elf had to do all the work herself with no help from Reindeer, Hare or Penguin – although they did want to help open the presents under the tree! This opened up lots of discussions about helping others and always being kind to our friends.
In maths we have had a Winter Activity week. We have a different challenge everyday to consolidate our learning from this term. We had to put the correct amount of buttons on the snowman, match snowflakes, decide what clothes we would wear in summer and winter, use positional language as we walked through the snow to post a letter and then finally make sure we posted the letter in the correct house!! Phew, it’s been a really busy week!!
In Topic we have been looking at the celebrations of Christmas. We discovered how we celebrate it here and how it is celebrated across the world looking at similarities and differences. We even spotted similarities between Christmas and the Hindu festival of light, Diwali. We also read the traditional Christian story of Mary and Joseph and their trip to Bethlehem. We talked about how they met and the gifts they received.

We are looking at different types of buildings and houses. Please send in a photo of your house so we can use it in our small world – the children love to play and make up stories with familiar buildings. Please send it to the office or myself (k.betts@coastaltogether.co.uk)
Please ensure you send wellies and waterproofs with your child to keep in their locker at school.
Please remember to send your child’s Handwriting Homework Book back on a Monday – thank you.
We love to see what adventures your child gets up to at home – clubs they attend , baking, reading, making dens, being creative, going on nature walks. Tapestry is a wonderful place to share these with us and the class – please upload your photos and a brief description so we can share these together during circle time.